On the 3rd of April, we will be hosting a concert at the Hayward Theatre, inside the Parkway Cinema, Flemingate, Beverley as part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 celebrations. We are not personally involved with, or, aided by either HCC or ERYC nor have we received any funding from any other party, we are doing this because we want to showcase some of the amazing talent we have in our area. Our headliners, Ranagri, may not have their roots in the north but they are regular visitors to Yorkshire and have family here in Beverley. The band played for us back in 2014 and they have been on such an incredible journey since that we just had to bring them back. Using flutes, Irish whistles, electric harp, bodhran, guitar, bouzouki and voices, Ranagri fuse Celtic folk music with quality, contemporary songwriting enhanced by virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies all interlaced with vivid storytelling. There are echoes of Pentangle, Jethro Tull, Traffic, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel in the sound they create but never enough to suggest that Ranagri are not one of the most exciting and original bands in the UK today.
Named after a place of untouched beauty that lies between the Wicklow Mountains and Co Carlow, Ireland, Ranagri [ pronounced Ran-ag-rye! ] are a contemporary folk band comprising of four London-based musicians, one traditional Irish player, two classically trained musicians and one rock singer-guitarist. The four came together a few years back to create their own exciting blend of Celtic, World, Folk and Rock music. Between them, they have an incredible pedigree in both classical and contemporary music having performed live or in the studio with many of the biggest names in popular music including, Paul McCartney, Robbie Williams, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Ennio Morricone and Stevie Wonder. However, it is as Ranagri that Donal Rodgers, Jean Kelly, Eliza Marshall and Joe Danks have really made their mark. In less than two years they have released four incredible albums including a collaboration with the legendary Tony Christie [ The Irish Songbook ] which topped the UK Folk Charts, toured the USA supporting The Chieftains, toured Germany with Tony Christie and played numerous concert halls and festivals throughout the UK.
Edwina Hayes‘ charming stage presence and voice of an angel have won her a reputation as a true, natural talent of gentle Folk-Americana. Her recordings feature regularly on BBC Radio 2 and the broadcaster Michael Parkinson is one of her biggest fans. Edwina has opened numerous shows for both Jools Holland and Van Morrison, toured with such legends as Nanci Griffith, Roger McGuinn, Gretchen Peters and Fairport Convention as well as her own gigs playing stages everywhere from Glastonbury Festival to The Royal Albert Hall. In 2014 she toured China and a year later toured Australia. When not undertaking such massive commitments Edwina divides her time between the UK and America, her second home is in Nashville where she is much loved as a songwriter and performer. However, the singer is generally considered by many in the East Riding to be one of our own [ she was actually born in Dublin, Ireland but has lived here for most of her adult life ] a local celebrity no less and with a handful of excellent CDs under her belt, one of her recordings used in a major Hollywood film and future engagements pouring in, they might well be right. We think she’s fab anyway and with a new album due to be released in the Spring of 2017 this should be an ideal time to share her new songs with us.
Steve Dagleish is one of music’s renaissance men having first picked up a guitar at the age of seventeen only to put it down a few years later when the demands of earning a decent living in order to support his family became the greater priority. Fortunately, being immersed in the corporate world for thirty years did not diminish the talent that Steve was born with, if anything, the experience probably made him a better songwriter. Born in Hull but now based in London, Steve was originally influenced by songwriters such as Neil Young, John Martyn and Nick Drake however, he now performs his own compositions along with his interpretations of traditional and modern songs at folk clubs, music venues and festivals throughout the UK. Trevor Lloyd, host of the Songwriters Circle Radio Show on 10Radio said “Steve Dagleish is a wonderful, engaging performer who combines all the skills of the best singer-songwriters. Tim Carroll reviewing Steve’s latest album in “FolkWords” said, “The essential ‘man with guitar album’ will never go out of style, it’s just that some do it so much better than others. To hear how it should be done listen to “Yours for Eternity” the new CD from Steve Dagleish”.